Hundreds of failing surveillance cameras that should be monitoring crime in housing projects in Asbury Park, N.J., have provided little aid to police investigations, reports the city’s Press. The city will spend $250,000 to repair or replace about 200 surveillance cameras in the housing authority's seven public housing complexes, City Manager Terence Reidy said.
The cameras were installed in the last decade throughout the Asbury Park Housing Authority to help housing officials keep an eye on the neighborhoods. But the cameras haven't helped much because they do not record footage and are not connected to systems at the Asbury Park Police Department or the Long Branch Housing Authority. The footage can only be viewed in real time in the security booths at individual authority buildings.